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This Is Spinal Tap Reviews

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Variety Staff
March 26, 2009
For music biz insiders, This Is Spinal Tap is a vastly amusing satire of heavy metal bands.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
August 19, 2008
For all its japes and jokes, the movie is really about exhaustion of the spirit: sitting in a bleak hotel suite at 4 a.m. with the bad taste of last night in the mouth and the feeling that tomorrow will not be a better day.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
December 17, 2007
The material is consistently clever and funny, though ultimately the attitudes are too narrow to nourish a feature-length film.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Reiner's brilliantly inventive script and smart visuals avoid all the obvious pitfalls, making this one of the funniest ever films about the music business.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
It stays so wickedly close to the subject that it is very nearly indistinguishable from the real thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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James Berardinelli
August 15, 2002
The film is a composite of classic moments, all of which we sense could have happened to any of the classic heavy metal bands -- or at least to those whose members combined delusions of greatness with low I.Q.s.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Jessica Winter
Village Voice
August 16, 2001
This Is Spinal Tap doesn't pull punches...
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The satire has a deft, wicked touch.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4